Sitting stately and overlooking what was once the Belmont community is John Greeter and his fiancée Sandra Johnson’s two-story antebellum-style home on the Old Tullahoma Highway.
While the white brick home has the distinct air of a plantation manor to it, it is contemporary, built in 1967. Still, the home’s historic roots show like cypress knees, from its walnut parquet floors to the original 1850s rough hewn ceiling timbers that span the den and front office.
The estate, which John bought from Bob Williams in the mid-1990s, formerly was own community with a train depot near the front yard in the late 19th century. During the Civil War, it was home to a hospital.
“There was a post office here and a rail station,” John said. “And a grocery store.”
Legend has it that Civil War Union Gen. William Rosecrans stayed there, when the rows of cedars that flank the drive leading up to the house were young. However, it was Bob, the former president of ARO Inc. (Arnold Center), that build the home on the very spot of the original. Bob added all the 196os innovations, like a wired intercom, 400 amps dedicate electrical service and even red clay “geothermal” insulation nestled under the length of the sun room.
John updated the kitchen following his wife’s death in the early 2000s. Later, he had what was the live-in maid’s quarters opened to the expansive deck that overlooks the blooming Japanese quince that runs along the drive to the back of the house.
“People are fascinated with the history,” Sandra said.
Seeing the antiques, visitors to the Belmont house can quickly guess how fascinated John and Sandra are with history too. The formal living room décor is in a fine oriental style. The front office is adorned with Civil War art and artifacts, the den in general store cash registers. Even the dining room walls are original decoupage designs of imported leaves.
“There’s a lot of history,” John said looking out over the 5,000 square foot estate.
Pulling out the driveway, it’s easy imagine the $600,000 home as Rosecrans would have seen the original and maybe just maybe catch a floating memory of pine in the spring breeze.